Sunday, April 01, 2012

Library Loot: First Trip in April

New Loot:

The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson
Irena Sendler and the Children of the Warsaw Ghetto by Susan Goldman Rubin
The Freedom of a Christian by Martin Luther
Cascade by Lisa T. Bergren
Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren
Torrent by Lisa T. Bergren
A Breath of Eyre by Eve Marie Mont
Blue Thread by Ruth Tenzer Feldman
I've Lost My Hippopotamus by Jack Prelutsky
No Cooperation from the Cat: A Mystery by Marian Babson
After the Snow by S.D. Crockett
The Story of English in 100 Words by David Crystal
Everything You Need to Survive the Apocalypse by Lucas Klauss
The Queen of Kentucky by Alecia Whitaker.

Leftover Loot:

Replication by Jill Williamson
Soul Music by Terry Pratchett
Fine Art of Truth or Dare by Melissa Jensen
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Interrupted A Life Beyond Words by Rachel Coker
Article 5 by Kristen Simmons
Mars Trilogy: A Princess of Mars, The Gods of Mars, The Warlord of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
My Hands Came Away Red by Lisa McKay
Becoming Queen Victoria by Kate Williams
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Lunatic's Curse by F.E. Higgins
We Two: Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, Rivals by Gillian Gill
A Woman in Berlin: Eight Weeks in the Conquered City: A Diary by Anonymous  

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire and Marg that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.     

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I read in a variety of genres including realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, and chick lit. (I've read one western to date.)

I read a few poetry books, a few short story collections, a few graphic novels, a few nonfiction books.

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  • Regency romances (including Austen prequels/sequels)
  • Historical fiction set in the Tudor dynasty
  • Historical fiction and nonfiction set during World War II
  • Jewish fiction/nonfiction
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  • fantasy
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  • dog books if the dog dies (same goes with most pets actually except maybe fish)
  • westerns (if it's a pioneer story with women and children, then maybe)
  • extremely violent books with blood, blood, and more blood

I am more interested in strong characters, well-written, fleshed-out, human characters. Plot is secondary to me in a way. I have to care about the characters in order to care about the plot. That being said, compelling storytelling is something that I love. I love to become absorbed in what I'm reading.

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